Online Classes – Yay or Nay?

It’s been about 5 years since I’ve been in the classroom as a student, and I have been quite looking forward to going back to update my certifications. (In Michigan, you need 6 college credits past your Masters every 5 years to renew). Of course, I waited until the last minute. Hey – I’m busy, and I’m not even in a school right now!!

I didn’t realize how fast-paced my 8-week condensed summer classes would be. My head is SPINNING between Entrepreneurship and Management (note to self – next time, remember to take things very different from each other!)

How many of you have done this option? I am a HUGE proponent of technology in education, but I’m not sure how much I get out of these classes. I would love to hear your thoughts!

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I’m Wishing…but for how long?

I don’t think I’ve ever been in this situation yet in my career – the wish of wanting to get somewhere and simply not being able to do it.  My whole life I wanted to be a school teacher, and then a principal.  I had one interview just out of college, was hired the very next day, went and pursued my Master Degree at the University of Michigan for administration and received my administrator certificate for the State of Michigan.  All was going according to plan…

….until the new Governor made huge changes to the school systems in Michigan and I was laid off, after 8 years of teaching.  I had already been looking for an administrative position for a year, and continued to look.  The Catch-22?   I don’t have any experience (other than my internship.)  Do you know what school districts want for their administrators?  You guessed it – experience.  How in the world do you get out of this never-ending circle?

I’ve worked in the business world for the last 2 years.  At some point, the amount of time I will have spent out of the classroom is going to become detrimental to my job search.  In fact, I’m afraid I am very close to it.  As the school year is coming to a close (for those still in education) I am really finding myself missing the excitement of the end of the school year – not only the completion of a successful year, but the planning and excitement of what is to come.  I miss it.  Terribly.

How long until a plan becomes a wish – and then just a dream?

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We’re back (I think?)

It’s been a long time since I’ve put a post up on this blog.  I forgot how much I missed it!

Here is an update:

No longer teaching music – I was laid off due to financial issues in 2011.  I have been working at a payrolling company first as an Administrative Assistant, then a Project Manager and now a Director of Implementation.   It has DEFINITELY been a change, but a good one.  It taught me a lot more about the business world than I ever knew before (not sure if that is a good thing or not!)

I plan to keep this blog up, I’m not too sure what the content will be, what the end result should be, etc.  I’m still in transition, and that’s ok.  I suppose we will see where this all ends up together :)

Until next time,

Theresa :)

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Applications for Highly Functioning Autistic Children – Originially Published 10.04.10

This article was originally published on my blog in October of 2010, but I realized there have been so many advances in the iOS realm, I thought I’d give you the opportunity to extend this list!  Please leave a list of your favorite apps for children on the autism spectrum in the comments below.  Thank you!

 

If your child (or a child you know) is on the autism spectrum, you know that there are many different ways to help them learn and develop.  The website “Moms With Apps” has published an article about iPhone, iPod and iPad apps for highly functioning autistic children.  This article is available here.

Do Independent Learners = Responsible Learners? Originally Published 10.08.09

One of my main goals as a teacher is to create independent learners.  It is an affective goal for our elementary NCA committee and my personal goal for all of my students.  When I was a student, asking a question was looked down upon.  “There’s no such thing as a stupid question” was the response, but you knew that as soon as you finished your question, the rest of the class was thinking what an idiot!  How could they not know that? You didn’t DARE ask a question that you could figure out on your own, and if you did it once you never did it again.

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Administration Support – Originally Published 8.4.08

As music educators, we find that administration can be the life or death of your program.  You can promote and educate all you possibly can and one roadblock from administration can end all of your hard work.  Most of us know the many ways that administration can harm our programs, but how can they help?  There are so many of us with supportive administrations, what are some of the ways they help us?

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